The natural reaction to Wilmington is to discuss the rape of Brianna. Horrifying but boldly told. Watching all those people sit around and ignore what was happening; apparently, there are few men like Jamie Fraser in the 18th century.
Still I thought we could talk Brianna and Roger's fight. Many seem to condemn Brianna for her anger while others seem upset at Roger for even leaving Brianna but the basis of the fight. To me the entire spiraling out of control of their emotions was at fault. Neither one was willing to see the others side of things which will always lead to a blown up. My issue was Roger's belief that there was nothing to be done to save Claire and Jamie.
He tells Bree Claire had been dead for 200 years. But does this apply when you can literally transverse those years? Granted they are messing with history but if it were 200 miles and they knew something would happen wouldn't they warn them? Roger's argument seems flawed in this regard. Yes, the passage is dangerous but they have the capability to cross the divide.
He says it wrong to save the lives of only those they loves but what about the countless others they don't know? Did Roger not save baby Jemmy onboard the Glorianna? Had he not been in the past would baby Jemmy have been tossed overboard? Has Claire not saved countless lives in the 18th century which wouldn't have been saved if she'd stayed in the 20th century?
As a historian does Roger believe time can't be changed, something he never addresses? Claire and Jamie speculated about this when trying to stop Culloden and yet they were unable to prevent Culloden from happening. But is something as big as a war impossible to stop whereas preventing the deaths of two people seem much simpler and possible?
Roger and Bree's fight escalated so fast and didn't really delve into what the other was thinking about traveling. Roger seems to believe saving Jamie and Claire is somehow wrong and yet he travels back to help and/or save Brianna. It seems he believes once Claire choose the past her fate was seals and yet when Brianna goes back he's willing to risk life and limb to go after her? How is his decision any different than Bree's?
Roger's stance on this issue seems very flawed.
Young Ian is in Jamaica and with Geillis Duncan who is up to her witchy and really crazy ways. She's in search of the sapphires in the treasure from Selkie Island, one of which, Jamie gave to Lord John.
Jamie and Claire finally make it to Jamaica where they go in search for Young Ian only to find themselves the owner of another human being much to Claire's horror. Claire and Jamie tell Temerarire they will free him as soon as they are away from the city. They ask Temeraire to help them speak to the Governor's slaves about Young Ian in hopes that someone has seen him.
At the Governor's ball the realizes there are several old friends and acquaintances around when Lord John Grey turns out to the the governor, Geillis turns up alive, and The Campbells appear to do readings for guests.
Jamie and John share a reunion in front of Claire which leaves Claire feeling a little uneasy. Geillis return brings out more uneasiness as she describes her escape from the pyre and the death of her most recent husband.
Geillis has the Campbell's tell fortunes at the Governor's ball and when Margaret holds all three sapphires a truly crazy prophecy comes to light.
Another acquaintance in the form of Captain Leonard appears and everyone flees so Jamie isn't arrested. Temeraire tells Jamie Young Ian was spotted at Rose Hall which is Mistress Abernathy's plantation. Jamie and Claire drop Temeraire off where he knows he can find refugee with maroons and then head to Rose Hall but are stopped when Captain Leonard appears and takes Jamie prisoner.
Thoughts, Opinions, & Prophecies
Better late that never. Life has been busy but I've finally managed full recaps which can be found in the Show section and some recap thoughts about Crème De Menthe & First Wife.
Crème De Menthe wasn't my favorite thought I appreciated the clear differences in Jamie and Claire's relationship after a 20 year separation. Whereas, First Wife, was a continuation of those differences it was also showcased what brought Jamie and Claire together and how they once work very well as a team.
Freedom and Whisky gave us a great reunion moment between Roger and Bree. Wait did you think I was going to say Jamie & Claire? Okay so the reunion (-ish) scene was great. Loved it just as much as I loved it in the books even though there wasn't a droughtlander in the middle of these scene and what is to come. And doesn't it make Jamie even better that he fainted? I mean Claire being back is a real shock to the system.
Anyways, we also got Roger and Bree who were separated for weeks maybe months. I'm not sure. BUT Roger clearly wasn't okay with being an ocean away from Brianna. You know I did like Roger in the books but I'm just loving him in the show. Richard Rankin you loveable man you!
So technically two great reunions. But there need to be more....
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